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Economics Department

Economics has been described as a means of understanding and satisfying the problem that arises when people have unlimited wants, but limited means. As a Siena economics major, you’ll study social systems, including families, markets, and corporations, so you can make policy recommendations and decisions that help bridge the gap between wants and means.

If you pick up the newspaper or turn on the news, it’s clear that economic forces impact all of us on a daily basis. The field of economics encompasses important societal issues, from social welfare programs, employment rates, and income inequality to inflation, monopolies, and antitrust laws.

Why study economics?

A background in economics helps you understand, debate, discuss, and form national and international policy. Economists ask questions about societal programs and problems and employ mathematical and statistical tools to form sound policy. If you’re interested in international trade, international affairs, business cycles, or the stock markets, consider majoring in economics. A degree in economics also prepares you for careers in banking, law, marketing, journalism, environmental science, and medicine.

B.A. versus B.S.

Siena College offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in economics, as well as an economics minor. Our B.A. track focuses on the relationship between economics and society, while our B.S. track requires additional study in business. To decide which is right for you, visit our course catalog or speak with a member of our department faculty.

Economics News

  • Economics of Travel and Tourism

    Ever look at a secluded island or town and wonder how it became a tourist hot spot? As technology grows, tourism and travel expands permitting more people to travel. The massive multibillion dollar travel industry that allows people to travel to the most exotic and remote areas of the world. However, the influx of visitors to a specific area also creates major negative impacts that can ruin a region, but are often overlooked. Read More

  • Siena's New Business Major: Q&A With Dean Seifert

    We've got big news for aspiring business majors (and non-business majors, too, as you'll read about here): Siena now offers a true, plain-and-simple business major. Read More

  • Student Success Shines at Academic Celebration

    The College’s annual Academic Excellence Celebration brings together students from Siena’s schools of liberal arts, business and science to share work and celebrate their accomplishments with the community. This daylong event highlights student research with a presentation session and honors the achievements of Saints with an afternoon of honor society inductions and awards. Read More

Department Chair

Aaron Pacitti

Aaron N. Pacitti

Associate Professor of Economics

102F Kiernan Hall

(518) 782‑6892